Ring Lardner Middle School

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Dynamic Learners * Diverse Opportunities * Driven to Succeed

  • Viking Pride!

    Viking Pride! It is more than what we do on the athletic field or court. It epitomizes how we feel about being part of the Niles community. Niles is a great place to live. It is also a great place to learn, to play and to be. Viking Pride embodies how we feel about ourselves and our community. Niles Community Schools, in partnership with the community, is dedicated to inspiring and preparing all learners through diverse opportunities to challenge the present and enrich the future. Viking Pride is Alive!

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  • Attention athletes interested in joining Cross Country this fall:
    Incoming 6th through 8th graders interested in joining should pick up an information sheet from the office. The first practice and informational meeting will be on Monday, August 28th from 3-4:30. We will meet outside the RLMS gym by the side parking lot.
    Incoming 9th graders interesting in joining the high school team should see Ms. Stanulis to be added to the high school cross country contact page.

    Attention track participants:

    If you have not turned it your uniform yet you must turn your uniform to one of your coaches to avoid a fine.
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  • RLMS will have a Robotics Team next year!!!
    There will be a meeting in the Library after school on Thursday, May 25th, from 2:36pm until about 4:00 for any current 7th grade students who are interested in being part of the Ring Lardner Robotics team next year.  
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    The Student Council Meeting scheduled for June 6th has been CANCELLED.  

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    The end of the School year is approaching.  The weather is beautiful and the excitement is building!!  With all the excitement it is easy to forget some important subjects.  Library Books are due in the Library BY FRI MAY 19th. All lunch money needs to be paid to date and parents please remember to pick up all medications that are in the office for your student by the end of the school year.


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    Cheerleading try outs will be on May 24th, 25th & 26th (Wed, Thurs & Fri)  If you will be in 7th or 8th grade next year, you will need to be @ the high school gym from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm on all three days.  

    If you will be a freshman next year, you will need to be at the high school gym from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm on all three days.  If you have any schedule conflicts, please notify the coach as soon as you can.  You do not have to have your physical form for the tryouts.

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    The YMCA is looking for 7th and 8th graders to mentor elementary students this summer.  Applications can be found in the main office.

    Summer My Way® Mentor Program:

    The Mentor Program is an opportunity for the young adults in the Niles community to step up and become a leader/teacher to the youth in their community. The mentors will learn how to positively interact and help out the young campers. Mentors will do everything from taking attendance, to getting campers to participate in activities, to helping conduct daily lessons. The goal for each mentor by the end of camp is to become an active independent leader of their community.  

    Come and join our team!!

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  • Mobile Dentist’s Smile Program  ~ Wednesday, May 31st starting at 7:15 am.

    We have invited Smile Programs to bring its comprehensive dental care services to our school.  Smile Programs will set up a mini-dental office in our building. 

     Smile Programs can provide preventive services such as dental examinations, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants (if needed),  to the children of the families who need financial assistance and it has subsidized fees for those who choose to pay for the preventive care. turned away from Restorative care is available only where insurance coverage applies.

     If you want your child to see the dentist on May 31st, a permission form is available in the Ring Lardner Middle School office.

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          basketball     Attention girls basketball addicts!! Coach Jessica will be holding open gyms every Tuesday 5:30-7:30 at the high school for 7th and 8th grade girls. 
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  • Open meeting for all interested in joining the Equestrian Club--beginning in the Fall of 2017
    Meeting is April 18 at 5:30 in the High School Cafeteria

    The Jr High Equestrian team is open to all 5th thru 8th graders. For questions or if someone is interested but cannot attend the meeting I can be reached at laht0501@gmail.com
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  • Bus Route Students Please Take Note of the Bus Procedures, Some are new.

    1) Students that ride the bus from school to home routes need to ride a shuttle bus over to the high school. Walking from Ring Lardner to the High school is not permitted. 

     2) Students are to ride their assigned route bus if available at RL as a shuttle to the high school. 

    (Students have been allowed to ride any shuttle to the HS. This has changed, if available as a shuttle, they are to get on the bus they take home. 

    3) Once a student boards a shuttle bus they must ride that bus to the high school.  Shuttle buses that are full will close their doors. There will be no getting off the bus prior to departure unless the driver or the school administration determines it is necessary.

     4) Upon bus arrival at the High School, all transfer students will be stay on the bus until High School dismissal bell rings.   (This has not been the case in the past)

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  • Niles Athletics Sports Camps

    Summer Sports Camps are coming soon. Camps include; Volleyball, Golf, Softball, Tennis Soccer, Bowling, Basketball and Football.  The first camp will be Basketball, June  7-9.  If you would like to sign up for one or all of these camps, the brochures are in the RLMS office.  Camps will go through mid July.

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  • Youth Mental Health First Aid

    YMHFA is early help offered to young people experiencing a challenge.  This is a free 8 hour course designed for adults and parents who regularly interact with youth of ages 12-18.  This course equips people with no clinical training, with knowledge and skills needed to help someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

    Preregistration is required. 

    Class Dates, Saturday, April 22 from 8:30am to 5:00pm at Lakeland Hospital in Niles

                      Friday, May 5, from 8:30am to 5:00pm at Lakeland Hospital in Niles

                      Tuesday, June 27 and Thursday, June 29 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at the Niles District Library

    For more information or to register, call (269)556-2808 or (866)260-7544, ww.lakelandhealth.org

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  • Jr. Viking Soccer

    Any student interested in Jr. Viking Soccer can pick up a sign up sheet out side of the RLMS office. Soccer is open to  6th, 7th or 8th grade students. You can also contact Coach Wright at coachbwright@comcast.net. Girls will start practicing in March, games are in April and May.

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  • Preschool and Kindergarten Registration

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  • Attendance Affects Reading Proficiency

    Attendance isn’t only an issue for high school students. Poor attendance for youngsters can keep children from reading proficiently by the end of the third grade. Attend school ALL DAY, EVERY DAY.

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  • Niles Athletic Summer Sports Camps

    Campers have the opportunity to work with Niles High School Varsity Coaching Staff (More)

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  • Latest Edition of District Newsletter

    The April 2017 District Newsletter is now available. (More)

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  • Captured by the Superintendent

    Pictures taken by Dr. Applegate as he attends events and visits schools throughout the district.

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  • YMCA Offering After School Programs

    The Niles-Buchanan YMCA is offering safe, top quality, enriching after school programs for your child! (More)

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  • Bond Construction Updates

    * Updated 3-21-17! See the construction as it unfolds. (More)

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  • District Announces School Calendar Changes for 2016-2017

    The state is requiring five additional student instructional days next year. As we did not receive an increase in funding to offset the cost of these days, we had to add a few more 1/2 days to the district calendar. We know that we have many working parents who this affects. (More)

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  • Bond 2015

    We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to all the community members who came out to vote on the bond proposals. (More)

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  • Inclement Weather and School Closings

    When it comes to severe weather and the potential for a school closure, I know that the sooner the decision is made the better for staff, students, and parents. Typically, we make a decision to close for inclement weather collectively with Brandywine and Buchanan. Our goal is to make this decision before 6:00am. (More)

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  • District Lays Out Strategic Plan

    After months of gathering information from community stakeholders through surveys, workshops, forums and other means, leaders of the Niles Community Schools district have developed a new strategic plan that will help guide the district in reaching future goals. On February 1, 2016, the Niles school board ratified the plan by approving the district’s new mission statement, vision statement, beliefs and goal statements — all of which are components of the strategic plan. “To use a Viking analogy, we wanted everybody to have their oars in the water at the same time and all pulling together,” said Greg O’Toole, school board president. “I think this was critical to getting to that point.”

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Bully Awareness/Conflict Resolution

Bullying is intentional behavior initiated by one or more students directed toward other student(s). Bullying exists when a student with more social and/or physical power deliberately dominates and harasses another with less power. Bullying is unjustified and typically repeated. Bullying/Harassment of students is prohibited, and will not be tolerated. Any student that believes she/he has been/or is the victim of harassment should immediately report the situation to the teacher, the principal or assistant principal, or may report it directly to Rich Klemm at 269-683-0736. All reports of bullying will be investigated. Consequences for bullying will range from a warning to expulsion, depending on the severity and number of previous offenses.
Making intentionally false reports about bullying/aggressive behavior for the purpose of getting someone in trouble is similarly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Retaliation and intentionally false reports may result in disciplinary action. Giving false information when asked to identify oneself may result in disciplinary action. Click on the titles below to see additional information.


Ring Lardner Middle School serves 475 students in grades seven and eight. Built in 1965, our school was named in honor of Ringgold Wilmer Lardner, who in the 1920's was one of America's best-known journalists and writers.
Ring Lardner is committed to the educational practice of teaming and looping. By having teachers and students remain together for two years, we're able to provide a nurturing and stable learning environment that fosters the development of meaningful relationships. This is critical considering the profound social, emotional, and intellectual change that young adolescents experience during middle school.
Our success comes as a result of a dedicated teaching staff that is willing to treat each child as a unique individual. A commitment to collaboration, the use of data, reflective inquiry, program coherence, and student achievement will continue to be at the forefront of everything we do.
As members of this community, we are continually impressed by the quality of our students and the concern our parents have for their children. Every effort will be made by our staff to communicate and work closely with parents as we attempt to build strong and effective partnerships. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions, concerns, or comments about Ring Lardner Middle School. You're invited to visit our building and see first hand how "PREMIER" students and a "PREMIER" staff create a "PREMIER" school.
Douglas Langmeyer, Principal
Evan Winkler, Assistant Principal